Yale Fraternities: Cesspools Of Assault, Rape, Harassment; Women Sue To Join

Three female Yale students have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Yale and nine of its fraternities, charging that they host an “ongoing epidemic of sexual harassment and assault” and breed “a very toxic sexual culture.” The remedy they seek? Ending gender discrimination so they can join.

According to their complaint,

Studies have found that fraternity brothers commit sexual assault at three times the rate of other male college students. Brothers are also reportedly more likely to use alcohol to obtain sex, more likely to be involved in gang rapes, more likely to endorse traditional gender roles, and more likely to espouse rape myths. Nevertheless, fraternities remain powerful institutions.

Of those, being “more likely to endorse traditional gender roles” may be the worst sin. Yale’s sororities are missing from this gender discrimination lawsuit, but the plaintiffs have little regard for them. According to their complaint,

“Separate but equal” Greek life reinforces gender norms, stereotypes, and prejudices. Sex segregation can hinder cross-gender relationships, facilitate the objectification of people of other genders, and normalize sexual assault. Greek life, with its binary assumptions, also largely excludes non-binary students.

Because Title IX specifically exempts fraternities and sororities, the plaintiffs are not likely to gain entry.

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A few days ago, here, discussing an interesting case study of a conflict between “original intent” and “original meaning,” I asked whether an influential UVa law professor, the “architect” of the current Virginia constitution, could be wrong about the meaning of a key provision in its text, and linked to my essay on that question that had just appeared on Pajamas Media. The Charlottesville Daily Progress has recently published an abbreviated version of my argument as a letter to the editor.

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When Can A Virginia Governor Be Removed From Office? A Case Study Of Original Intent v. Original Meaning, Starring A Law Professor Who Wrote And Now (Mis?)Interprets The State Constitution

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Virginia Governor Northam And Infanticide

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam firmly planted both feet in his mouth this week: first by appearing to defend what can only be called infanticide; and then, after the discovery of an embarrassingly damning photo from his page in his medical school yearbook, first apologizing for it and then denying that the photograph was of him […]

Is It Discrimination When A University Tells The Truth About Discrimination?

To see what happened when a medical school director of admissions accurately described its admission priorities to an applicant, read my new essay on Minding The Campus.?

If Racial Profiling Is Wrong …

“After a University of Nebraska at Lincoln student was sexually assaulted in her dormitory last month,” Inside Higher Ed reports, the university came under intense fire “by students who thought police should not have mentioned in a campus-wide bulletin that two men accused of sexual assault were black, believing that it reinforced harmful stereotypes.” The […]

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